A celebration of early music in July. Founder: Vanessa Coode

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Stoke Newington
Early Music Festival

For 2018, Helen Kruger has passed the baton to Stoke Newington locals Philip Yeeles and John Hodgson as our new Festival Directors.

The 24th Stoke Newington Early Music Festival will run from 1st-17th July 2018. As always we will be bringing you a feast of early music from some of Britain's finest period performers. Full details will be on this website from May but artists will include Chelys Consort of Viols, John Crockatt and Tom Foster, Joel Raymond and Chris Hartland with a new group Stokey Baroque, Gabriella di Laccio and friends performing a programme of women composers, Laurence Cummings with William Carter and Emily Atkinson with members of the City Bach Collective. We look forward to seeing you there!

2017’s EVENTS

28th June 2017 - 7:30-8.30pm - RIBBONS AND TAYLOR


Landscape of Haydn
Kruger Quartet

This Programme follows the development of Haydn’s quartet writing from his first quartet written at the age of 29 to his last, written at 71.

Helen Kruger & John Crockatt violins, Nichola Blakey viola & Carina Drury cello

Haydn String Quartet in E flat major Op 1 No 1
Haydn String Quartet in C major Op 33 No 3
Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op 103

5th July 2017 - 7:30-8.30pm - THE OLD CHURCH


Bass Delights
Chelys Consort

Now in their 10th year as an ensemble, Chelys Consort of Viols are passionate about exploring the world of music for multiple viols. Their debut recording of works by Christopher Simpson received a four-star review in the Guardian, and they hope to release their second disc, a recording with Emma Kirkby featuring the music of Dowland and others, later this year. In this concert they break free from their usual roles in the traditional consort line-up to delve into the repertoire for three bass viols: from the simple elegance of Gottfried Finger’s ͚Pastoralle, through sonatas by JM Nicolai and JS Bach to exquisite dance movements by the French masters of the viol Forqueray and Marais, this will be a feast for the ears.

7th July 2017 - 7:30-8.30pm - THE OLD CHURCH


Europe’s Musical Migrants
Consortium5, Recorder Quintet

Musicians have long moved between, beyond and despite borders. Consortium5 celebrate composers of Renaissance and Baroque Europe who struck out in search of study, support, expertise and inspiration. Including works by Victoria, Dowland, Bassano and Handel.

9th July 2017 - 3.30-4.30pm - THE OLD CHURCH


Baroque Violin
John Crockatt

A program of masterpieces for violin solo from the eighteenth century. Tartini, perhaps the greatest violinist of his era, composed hundreds of works for his instrument including a fascinating set of “little” improvisatory sonatas for violin alone. Telemann’s fantasias for violin solo have long been favourites though this dark example in f minor is rarely heard. To end, the glorious sonata in A minor by Bach, one of the greatest works of music for violin found in the history of music!

12th July 2017 - 7:30-8.30pm - RIBBONS AND TAYLOR


Consone Quartet

Vienna in the late 1700s and early 1800s was a hive of musical creativity; Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert all lived and worked there – with the former, the so-called “father of the string quartet” proving to be a great inspiration to both of the younger composers. Haydn and Mozart are known to have played string quartets together. Indeed, Mozart dedicated a set of six quartets to his friend and inspiration. Mozart was a huge inspiration for Schubert, “O Mozart! Immortal Mozart! What countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!”

The Consone Quartet celebrates these greats of the classical era in a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.

14th July 2017 - 7:30-8.30pm - THE OLD CHURCH


The Hourglass
Catherine Mackintosh and Friends

Happily for friendly music-making, baroque chamber music comes in all shapes and sizes. Our programme begins with music for all five of us, wanes one by one to a single player at the centre and then waxes one by one till we all play together again. It includes Catherine Mackintosh’s arrangements of Vivaldi’s Summer for 4 violins, Telemann’s humorous Gulliver Suite and works by Muffat, Fux, Geminiani, Bach and Purcell.

15th July 2017, 7:30-9.30pm - THE OLD CHURCH


Unsung Heroine: the imagined history of troubadour Beatriz de Dia
The Telling

The imagined history of troubadour Countess Beatriz de Dia.

A blending of history and fiction, this intimate concert/play takes you back to the heady atmosphere of 12th century Provence with plaintive songs and foot-stomping medieval dances.

Jan Chappell plays the redoubtable Beatriz, a feisty woman troubadour, trapped in a loveless marriage. She meets fellow troubadour Raimbaut d’Aurenga and they embark on a passionate affair. But Beatriz has enemies at court and as summer moves to autumn and events spiral inevitably towards their conclusion, Beatriz channels her feelings into her song A Chantar, the only troubadour song by a woman, where both poetry and melody survive.

16th July 2017 - 3.30-4.30pm - THE OLD CHURCH


Baroque Cello
Jonathan Rees

Darkness & Light, Crucifixion & Resurrection, Despair & Joy:

Jonathan Rees plays J.S. Bach’s C minor and D major suites on four-string and five-string cellos.


6th July 2016 - 7.30pm

Oliver Webber

The art of improvisation in Bach and Corelli

In this intimate programme, Monteverdi String Band’s artistic director and bass violinist draw on their experience of 17th century string improvisation to explore later manifestations of the arts of ornamentation and accompaniment in masterworks by Arcangelo Corelli and Johann Sebastian Bach.

8th July 2016 - 7.30pm

Little Baroque Company

Coffee Cantata

Decadence, drama and delight – Bach’s Coffee Cantata as you’ve never seen it before! Fully costumed, this colourfully staged show presents Bach’s comic cantata depicting the rise of the coffee house in 18th-century Germany, re-imagined by Australian set and costume designer Elizabeth Gadsby.

9th July 2016 - 7.30pm

The Telling

The imagined Testimony of Hildegard of Bingen

Blurring the boundaries of drama/concert, this event explores the extraordinary life of Hildegard of Bingen, alongside her haunting and distinctive chant, with candlelight. ‘Vision’ aims to give an insight into the painful visionary experiences Hildegard suffered.

13th July 2016 - 7.30pm

Consortium V

‘As our Sweet Cords and Discords Mixed be’

Recorder quintet Consortium5 celebrate one of the golden ages of English instrumental music, performing a rich array of In Nomines, Fantasias, Pavans and Galliards by composers including Dowland, Holborne, Tye, Purcell and Byrd.

15th July 2016 - 7.30pm

Cheyls Consort

All The Kings’ Men

A wealth of music from composers of the courts of Charles I and II; including works by Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. This dramatic period of British History is brought to life through the music of the composers of the era.

16th July 2016 - 11am

Tales in Music

Tales in Music: The Pigeon and the Albatross

Written by Dominic Santangelo, this family concert depicts a tale of Nature in adversity, through the music of Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi and Biber. The Little Baroque Company weaves a dramatic scene, with heroic adventures of escape and friendship!

The Old Church: Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9ES

Ribbons and Taylor: 157 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UH

Tickets £12 to £15, Season tickets £50, can be bought from Bridgewood and Neitzert at 146 Stoke Newington Church St, or on-line with a 10% booking fee.